The Who guitarist Pete Townshend has described Apple’s iTunes as a “digital vampire” that “bleeds” new artists instead of helping them build their careers.
Speaking at a lecture organized by the BBC, the iconic musician urged Apple to help nurture emerging artists by providing A&R services, as well as computer hardware and music software.
Townshend, however, pulled no punches in his criticism of iTunes, comparing the phenomenally popular music service to both a blood sucker and to controversial British bank Northern Rock.
“Is there really any good reason why, just because iTunes exists in the wild west Internet land of Facebook and Twitter, it can’t provide some aspect of these services to the artists whose work it bleeds like a digital vampire, like a digital Northern Rock, for its enormous commission.”
by The Punjapit Alliance